As one of the most combative members of the Arsenal squad, you expect Jack Wilshere to lead from the front - and that’s exactly what he did in Wednesday’s press conference in Belgrade.
Asked about Troy Deeney’s remarks about the team following our defeat to Watford, the England international delivered a measured, but forthright response.
“As a player if your attitude is questioned, it’s horrible,” Wilshere said. “I look around this team and you can’t question our character.
“People try to put us down, they always have. I don’t think the comments were justified. When we look back at the game we look back at ourselves and what we did wrong. I don’t think we can look back and question our character.
“We did certain things wrong but we certainly didn’t want to let the lead slip. We will move on. We have a game tomorrow and another big game at the weekend and we have seen with this team that the players can bounce back quick - and we will do that.
“I’m sure individually the players are disappointed, no-one wants to hear those comments, [but] the players are entitled to their opinions and to talk, that’s part of the modern-day game. We have to deal with that.
“All we can do is come back with a good performance tomorrow and a good performance at the weekend.”
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